9th Annual School Supply Drive a Success!

Area residents worked together to present CWL Schools with the supplies needed for a successful school year. CWL Schools Principal Jon Hueser received the cash donations and school materials for the 2013– 2014 school year presented by Corinna Hefty. The bank donated $250 and collected approximately $100 in cash donations along with two large boxes full . . . → Read More: 9th Annual School Supply Drive a Success!

Bank Gift Boosts YMCA’s Fiscal Fitness

Iowa State Bank announced a $75,000 gift to the Algona Family YMCA’s capital debt reduction campaign designed to boost the YMCA’s fiscal fitness.

Bank president Tom Larson announced the $75,000 pledge over three years. The Algona Family YMCA is working to raise a total of $1.5 million to eliminate its capital debt. “We are pleased to . . . → Read More: Bank Gift Boosts YMCA’s Fiscal Fitness

School Supply Drive for Ruthven Schools

The school supply drive is moving west! After nine years in our Corwith and Wesley offices, we’re expanding the drive to our Ruthven office.

Iowa State Bank is sponsoring a School Supply Drive for the 2013-2014 school year to benefit the Ruthven-Ayrshire Schools. The drive will give needy children necessary school supplies to start the school . . . → Read More: School Supply Drive for Ruthven Schools

9th Annual School Supply Drive for CWL Schools

It’s important to have the right tools to succeed in school, and that is why Iowa State Bank is sponsoring a School Supply Drive for the 2013-2014 school year to benefit the CWL Schools. The drive will give needy children necessary school supplies to start the school year off on the right foot. Iowa . . . → Read More: 9th Annual School Supply Drive for CWL Schools

Small Business Loan Tips

Today’s low interest rates make this an especially good time for small business owners to consider applying for a loan to grow or expand their business.

Before you do, take a moment to ask yourself these questions:

1. Have you developed and maintained an ongoing business relationship with your banker? To effectively serve customers, bankers need to . . . → Read More: Small Business Loan Tips

Tips Every Homebuyer Should Know

With housing prices and mortgage interest rates at record lows, now is a good time to explore buying a home. Preparation is the key to navigating today’s market. Consider these tips to help your household prepare for buying a home:

• Review your finances. A thorough analysis of your financial situation is central to the decision to . . . → Read More: Tips Every Homebuyer Should Know

Tips for Small Business: How to Combat Fraud

Cybercriminals can target small businesses to transfer funds from accounts and steal private information, a fraud referred to as “corporate account takeover.” Criminals use spoofed emails, malicious software and online social networks to obtain login credentials to businesses’ accounts, which they then use to make illicit transactions.

“Small businesses are a growing target for account takeover,” said . . . → Read More: Tips for Small Business: How to Combat Fraud

First Time Buying a Home? Tips to Consider

Are you considering buying a home for the first time? Right now is a very exciting time for people to buy a home for the first time. Interest rates are still at an all-time low, housing is super affordable and the process can be smooth for people with good credit. With National Homeownership Month coming up . . . → Read More: First Time Buying a Home? Tips to Consider

Tax Time is Crime Time

It’s tax season and criminals are seizing the opportunity for scams. Don’t become the next victim.

Scammers leverage every means at their disposal to separate you from your money, your identity, or anything else of value they can get. They may offer seemingly legitimate “tax services” designed to steal your identity and your tax refund, . . . → Read More: Tax Time is Crime Time

Safe Surfing

As your bank, we take information security very seriously. Take a few moments to remind yourself to stay safe when browsing the internet. Many of these are simple reminders.

1. Think twice before you click.
Just like links in Phishing emails, links on websites or in search engine results are opening a website or document. If that website . . . → Read More: Safe Surfing